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Resources for 12th Ordinary Sunday

Gerasene Demoniac

Let us pray (in silence) [that we praise, reverence, and serve God]

pause

Lord,
may we always love and revere your Holy Name,
for you never fail to help and guide those you establish firmly in your love;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Once again, I am delighted to have discovered another collect (opening prayer) held in common between Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and others. We have been praying this prayer, again, for at least thirteen centuries.

Please add any comments and suggestions below – including improvements to my translation (above). This collect will be added to my Book of Prayers in Common.

Click on this link to find my history, commentary, and reflection on this collect: Ordinary 12. It encourages reflection on God’s Name/Nature, God as our pilot, and points to reflections on this collect centuries ago.

[Under NZ Anglican counting of Sundays, this coming Sunday, June 19th is “the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time”]

Some other celebrations this coming week:

Sunday 19 June – Sadhu Sundar Singh
Tuesday 21 June – Henare Wiremu Taratoa of Te Ranga
Wednesday 22 June – Alban
Thursday 23 June – Wiremu Tamihana
Friday 24 June – Nativity of John the Baptist

Further resources: TextWeek

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image source: Jesus, the Gerasene, and the Unclean Spirits 1594 by Luke the Cypriot

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Resources for 11th Ordinary Sunday

Jesus Mafa Forgiveness

Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow in unity with God – the source of all good]

pause

O God,
the strength of all who hope in you,
mercifully accept our prayers,
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do nothing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in following your commands
we may please you in desire and in deed;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

I am once again delighted to have discovered another collect (opening prayer) held in common between Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and others. We have been praying this prayer, again, for at least thirteen centuries. Different Christian communities now use it on different days – the majority use it this coming Sunday.

Please add any comments and suggestions below – including improvements to my translation (above). This collect will be added to my Book of Prayers in Common.

Click on this link to find my history, commentary, and reflection on this collect: Ordinary 11.

[Under NZ Anglican counting of Sundays, this coming Sunday, June 12th is “the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time”]

Some other celebrations this coming week:

Monday 13 June – Anthony of Pauda
Tuesday 14 June – Basil the Great
Wednesday 15 June – Evelyn Underhill
Saturday 18 June – Bernard Mizeki

Ramadan

Ramadan has started. At the start of Ramadan I tweeted

Thoughts and prayers for those beginning #Ramadan today. For the rest of us – here’s some ways to show respect

I have never ever experienced such reaction to a tweet. Within a few hours I received so many reactions I was not even able to see them all – there seems to be a limit to the reactions twitter can show you. Yes, there were some “thank you” type responses but the majority were of the type: I should be crucified; I did not know Christ; I should put more energy into my own religion…

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image source: Jesus MAFA

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Resources for 10th Ordinary Sunday

Widow of Nain's son

Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow into Christ’s new life] pause O God, from whom all good things come, grant that, by your inspiration, we may discern what is right, and by your merciful guiding may do it; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading

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Preparing for Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week Cross

Many will be preparing for Holy Week and Easter. Can you point to resources that are helpful for Holy Week and Easter? Please put them in the comments. Palm Sunday service Palm Sunday collect (remember Palm Sunday is Passion Sunday) Holy Week collect/opening prayer reflection Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) collect/opening prayer reflection Easter collect/opening prayer… Continue Reading

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Purpose and Structure of the Collect

The opening prayer at the Eucharist Too often the collect is treated as merely another nice prayer cluttering the vestibule of the start of our liturgy. Ideally at the Eucharist individuals arrive and are greeted by the presider – whose greeting is returned. Then we sing together. There is little that could be more unifying… Continue Reading

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Ascension Day

Ascension Walsingham

I walk around the chapels following the Rosary’s mysteries at the Anglican Church in Walsingham and come into the Ascension Chapel. I cannot make out why it is called the Ascension Chapel. There is a painting of Mary… … And then I look up…. Two feet are protruding out of the ceiling… (image above). I… Continue Reading

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When belief shaped praying (part 3)

Vatican Council II

This year, on 4 December, it is the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium), the first document promulgated by Vatican II. I was invited to write a reflection from an Anglican perspective for Liturgy, the Roman Catholic Auckland Diocesan Liturgy Centre publication. I am grateful that they are happy for… Continue Reading

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